The New York Times last night reprted that the vehnemently anti-gay and sanctimonious Cardinal Timothy Dolan paid pedophile priests to go away, rather than turning them in to authorities and tarnish the Cathoic Church and the Archdiocese.
Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York authorized payments of as much as $20,000 to sexually abusive priests as an incentive for them to agree to dismissal from the priesthood when he was the archbishop of Milwaukee.
Questioned at the time about the news that one particularly notorious pedophile cleric had been given a “payoff” to leave the priesthood, Cardinal Dolan, then the archbishop, responded that such an inference was “false, preposterous and unjust.” But a document unearthed during bankruptcy proceedings for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and made public by victims’ advocates reveals that the archdiocese did make such payments to multiple accused priests to encourage them to seek dismissal, thereby allowing the church to remove them from the payroll. A spokesman for the archdiocese confirmed on Wednesday that payments of as much as $20,000 were made to “a handful” of accused priests “as a motivation” not to contest being defrocked. The process, known as “laicization,” is a formal church juridical procedure that requires Vatican approval, and can take far longer if the priest objects.
The (organized) Catholic Church is the oldest, largest most powerful organized crime entity on the planet. They have a very lamentable history of murder (and support of genocide around the world), bribery, extortion, purjury, torture, kidnapping, fraud, theft and sexual abuse crimes beyond the ability of most people’s comprehension.
But still thier followers stay with them and the Goverment turns a blind eye to all of it.
If anything this “payoff” incident falls under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. (RICO) and Dolan shoul;d be proscecuted to maximum extent of the law.
Dolan also has a long history of declaring his hate for the gay community while insulting gay people and working to deny them equal protections. Dolan led the religious opposition to New York’s civil same-sex marriage law, during which he compared extending marriage to gays and lesbians to communist dictatorships, incest and argued that it would be “perilous” and “detrimental for the common good.”
The only thing I see “detrimental for the common good” is Cardinal Timothy Dolan.